BP Plc, seeking to reduce potential water-pollution fines of as much as $18 billion, is trying to convince a judge that less oil spilled in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster than the U.S. claims and that it capped the deep-sea gusher as quickly as possible.
BP Plc removed a cap that’s been sending oil from its leaking Gulf of Mexico well to one of two ships on the surface for inspection after an underwater remote- operated vehicle collided with it, U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said.
BP Plc may contain all of the flow from its Gulf of Mexico oil gusher within the next four days by accelerating installation of a tight seal between the damaged wellhead and surface production vessels, said Thad Allen , the government’s national incident coordinator.
BP Plc increased the amount of oil it is capturing from its leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico to thousands of barrels a day as it tries to reduce the damage from the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
The Obama administration took a harder line against BP Plc as it faced questions yesterday about whether the government is reacting swiftly and forcefully enough in dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP Plc said it is capturing more of the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from its damaged well as U.S. officials said they expect the battle against pollution from the disaster to continue for months.
Oil from BP Plc ’s ruptured well will linger in the Gulf of Mexico until at least the fall and the U.S. is seeking more equipment to help prevent the crude coming ashore, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said.